Submitter: Kevin Bonell
Date Submitted: March 24, 2010
A multi-factorial issue, the main reason for the decline of wild salmon is fish farms. It is imperative that they be fully self contained or not allowed to operate.
I feel it is imperative that all fish farms be fully self contained or not allowed to operate.
The sea lice from these mature salmon has to be what is devastating our stocks as this is the biggest change to the migratory routes of the smolts !
My reasoning behind this is that our pollution standards have increased, the fishing fleet has been down sized, yet this industry has grown exponentially.
This makes an immediate moratorium paramount.
Global warming must also play a part, this makes the protection of the surviving smolts from any factors we can influence of the utmost importance.
Personally I feel these farms are the main reason for wild salmon decline in this obviously multi-factoral issue.
This is my submission to this important inquiry your are undertaking.